Federal / National

The Trans Canada Trail is pleased to announce the launch of The Great Trail Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2019-2020

The CIP is a program run by Trans Canada Trail that provides financial contributions to projects on The Great Trail.

You can submit your project online here: https://form.jotform.com/82106096484257

Project proposals will be accepted between August 5 and October 5, 2018. We invite you to consult our guidelines to validate the eligibility of your project.

For any information or questions, do not hesitate to contact your TCT representative, listed on the final page of the guidelines.


Federal Government’s (ESDC) Enabling Accessibility Fund

The mid-sized projects stream is currently open – deadline to apply is May 24/18.

The funding is to support new construction, renovation, and retrofit projects of accessible facilities in Canadian communities. The facilities must plan to offer programs and services that focus on a holistic approach in addressing the social and/or labour market integration needs of people with disabilities.

Eligible applicants:

  • Not for profit organizations
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • Territorial governments (not provincial)

Funding requests must be between $350,000- $1,000,000. A min. of 35% of eligible project costs must be provided by other funding sources – a strategy to meet this requirement must be included in the application.

More info here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-mid-size.html

2017 Festivals & Event Funding Program

We are delighted to announce the 2017 Festivals and Events Program is being supported again this year by ACOA, in partnership with our five municipal partners.

The program assists approximately 100 festivals and events throughout Cape Breton Island and has a tremendous impact on the caliber of product offerings.

The deadline for applications is 4:00 pm on May 29, 2017.  As our municipal partners and community organization representatives, we ask that you please share the good news with your industry contacts, in an effort to spread awareness of this fantastic opportunity!

Eligibility criteria and the application form can be found here: Criteria and Application

“We genuinely appreciate your support, and look forward to a great season of festivals and events!”

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Ross Hunter at ross@dcba.ca or 902.202.2155

Mary Tulle

destination cape breton association, P.O.Box 1448, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6R7 Canada

2017 Festivals & Event Funding Program by ACOA

Following up on the earlier notice, one of the requirements of ACOA Festivals and Event (F&E) program is to have your festival listed with www.novascotia.com website.  You can do this by going to tourism’s portal site.  Follow the directions. You need to have at least one photo uploaded. It generally takes a day or so before it gets approve and uploaded. A fillable application form for the ACOA F&E program is attached. Once you save it, make a copy for your records. You need to submit your application and budget to DCBA by May 30th. Here is the link to the criteria, online application and budget sheet for the program

150 Forward Fund

The first funding application process for events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday is open from July 1 to October 31, 2016. See attachment below for details & contact information:

150 Forward Fund

The first funding application process for events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday is open from July 1 to October 31, 2016. See attachment for details and contact information.

Federal – Community Infrastructure Program (CIP) 150

What projects qualify for CIP 150 funding?

Federal Funding Opportunity 

New funding has been announced to help communities across the country celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.   The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support local projects that build vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities; inspire a deeper understanding about our communities and our country; and encourage participation in community initiatives connected to celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be led by local community foundations, and in the spirit of grassroots leadership, will take on a local flavour in each community.

The Fund is a collaborative effort by Community Foundations of Canada and the network of community foundations, with support from the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Grant size: Small grants (under $15,000), contact your local community foundation to learn more. Project scope: community Contact: The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia Deadline: Ongoing (no deadline has been set yet) How to apply: Online through the Community Foundations of Canada’s website Canada 150 Fund The Canada 150 Fund is run by the Government of Canada and offers opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada. Interested applicants would apply to the Fund through the Canadian Heritage Regional Office, or the National office for projects national in scope. Grant size: $50,000 and up Project scope: local, regional, provincial and national Applications: Ongoing How to apply: Contact a Canadian Heritage program officer to receive an application kit

  • Community and cultural centres;
  • Legions;
  • Museums;
  • Parks, recreational trails such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails;
  • Libraries;
  • Recreational facilities, including local arenas, gymnasiums, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts, golf courses, ski hills and certain other types of recreational facilities;
  • Tourism facilities;
  • Docks;
  • Cenotaphs; and
  • other existing community infrastructure assets that have a local community impact, such as local roads, drinking water treatment and distribution systems, connectivity and broadband, local airports, solid-waste management and waste-water infrastructure.

Who can apply?

You may apply for CIP 150 funding if you are:

  • A municipal or regional government established by or under provincial or territorial statute;
  • A provincial or territorial entity (e.g. a department, Crown corporation or agency) that provides municipal-type infrastructure service to communities, as defined in provincial or territorial statute;
  • A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act; or a government authority established pursuant to a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Aboriginal people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation;
  • A public-sector body that is established by or under provincial or territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by province, territory, municipal or regional government and that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities; and
  • A not-for-profit organization.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the ACOA office nearest them to learn more about how to apply.

How much assistance is available?

The total CIP 150 allocation for Atlantic Canada, to be delivered by ACOA, is $16.6 million.

While the CIP 150 can fund up to a maximum of 50 per cent of total eligible project costs, preference may be given to projects that only require one third funding from the program. The proponent is required to source the balance of the funding. The maximum contribution amount under the program is $1 million per project.

What criteria must be met?

Projects will be selected on the basis of readiness, funds leveraged, their anticipated completion date, as well as economic benefits.

Other requirements include:

  • fall under one of the eligible project categories;
  • be for the rehabilitation or renovation, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure assets;
  • leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources; and
  • be completed by March 31, 2018

Projects that meet the eligibility requirements above will be further assessed based on the following:

  • project readiness;
  • capacity to be completed by March 31, 2018 (preference may be given to projects with completion date of fall 2017);
  • the extent to which other funding is leveraged (projects will be assessed by how much leveraging they are able to secure; higher leveraging may be preferred); and
  • linkages to Canada 150.

How to apply

Contact your nearest ACOA office to discuss your project before completing and submitting the Application for Financial Assistance form.

In addition to the information requested in the application form, proposals must also include the following information:

  • Project type (rehabilitation/renovation or expansion) and an explanation of how the project complies with the assessment criteria;
  • A description of partners (including funding partners) and status of other sources of funds (intended, requested or confirmed); and
  • A description on how the project will contribute to Canada’s legacy and have a lasting impact of Canada’s infrastructure.

Fruit Trees at Your Garden

Community Garden Leaders – Check out this opportunity to get fruit trees at your garden. Funding available through trees Canada. But act fast, the deadline is next week: February 27 2016

For all the details follow this link: https://treecanada.ca/en/programs/edible-trees/how-apply/

Children’s Fitness Amount http://www.cra.gc.ca/taxsavings
You can claim to a maximum of $500 per child the fees paid in 2013 relating to the cost of registration or membership for your or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s child in a prescribed program of physical activity. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness/

BUSINESS CAPE BRETON encourages owners of businesses with 50 or fewer employees and non-profit organizations to check the federal government website http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml

which outlines the FUNDING : CANADA SUMMER JOBS program. Application for this program closes FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

Highlights of the program are :

– Applies to private sector businesses with 50 or less employees

– Provides 50% funding of minimum wage jobs

– Employs full-time students ages 15 to 30 who are returning to school

– Also applies to non-profit organizations (see website for details)

Jumpstart (Canadian Tire and Cape Breton/Victoria Counties Chapter JumpStart Program)


A national charitable program for kids ages 4 to 18 in financial need to participate in organized sports and recreation. The program is available throughout Nova Scotia. http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/


One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in sport or recreation activities (Vision Critical 2011). That means that many children are missing out on the opportunity to enjoy recreational activity, physical fitness, and social interaction while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Canadian Tire and Cape Breton/Victoria Counties Chapter JumpStart is dedicated to removing barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation.

We see it as equipping children for life, because participation in organized sport and recreation increases a child’s chance for success in life.

They discover and participate. They gain self-confidence and develop self-esteem. They also learn leadership skills which they will carry through life. Their lives become richer through sport and recreation activities. This is the power of Canadian Tire and CBRM Recreation JumpStart Program.

We believe that the answer to, “Can I Play?” should always be “Yes! For an application or should you have any questions please feel free to email jumpstartinfo@cbrm.ns.ca or call 902-574-3773 or their cell:902-574-3773 .

You’ll need the most recent copy of the individuals income tax assessment clearly showing line 150 or if in receipt of Community Services they may have it stamped by their case worker.

Applications may be returned in the following way:
-By email to jumpstartinfo@cbrm.ns.ca
-By fax to 902-563-2611
-it may also be mailed to the following address:

CBRM Recreation Department
2nd Floor, Room 204
320 Esplanade,  Sydney, NS  B1P 7B9

Please also visit the Canadian Tire JumpStart Program Website at http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

A national children’s program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport. KidSport™ Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment. In operation since 1994, KidSport™ Nova Scotia has assisted over 10,000 children totalling over $2 Million. In 2010 KidSport™ Nova Scotia allocated over $473,000 to more than 1830 children from Sydney to Yarmouth. http://www.sportnovascotia.ca/KidSport.

Government of Canada: funding to address social isolation among seniors

A call for proposals for pan-Canadian projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) will be launched in mid-May 2015 and be open for six weeks. Successful projects will focus exclusively on addressing social isolation among seniors and will be funded between $150,000 and $750,000, over a period of up to three years. For this call for proposals, the Government of Canada is partnering with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and its Innoweave initiative to support the development and implementation of innovative community-wide approaches to reduce social isolation among seniors. In the upcoming call for proposals, priority will be given to innovative applications from communities that will use a coordinated approach to reducing the social isolation of seniors. This will likely result in successful applications being geographically grouped. These new partnerships will be multi-sectoral, involving the traditional and new players required to generate significant change. For information visit: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=3&nid=956569&crtr.tp1D=1

Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is part of Bell Let’s Talk, Canada’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health. The 2015 Fund will provide grants in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 to organizations in Canada focused on improving access to programs and services that support and help improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with mental health issues.

The 2015 application period is open until March 31st and all 2015 Fund grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2015.

Registered not-for-profit organizations and registered charities are eligible for consideration. Preference will be given to organizations providing audited financials.

Business or contract fundraisers, individuals, families and political parties are not eligible for funding.

Additional exclusions:
Capital campaigns (bricks and mortar projects)
Multi-year funding requests
Projects supporting neurological disorders such as Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis etc.
Event sponsorship

General criteria
Projects must be in Canada
Projects must demonstrate the ability to improve access to care in their community
Applicants must submit a detailed budget for their project
Applicants must demonstrate strong likelihood of successfully launching proposed project with adequate budget (should indicate other funders)
Applicants must provide clear objectives and a measurement plan for projects supporting those objectives
Applicants must include information about the number or increased number of individuals helped through their project
Applicants must agree and adhere to the terms and conditions as stated in the online application form

Terms of grant
The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund does not provide multi-year funding. Grant recipients will only be eligible for another Community Fund grant one year after the date of any previous grant. If you received a 2014 grant, you are not eligible to apply again until the 2016 cycle.

The grant year starts on October 1 and ends September 30 the following year.

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund may provide a grant amount for less than that requested; when this happens, the grantee must submit a revised budget within the amount approved.

For more information about the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund please send an email to http://www.mentalhealth@bell.ca

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students;
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

PDF Version (175 KB) of the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide.

Funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children
Now available. The annual grant process is open, and the deadline to receive applications is April 17, 2014.

Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to support initiatives that benefit children.

In Communities across the country, Canada Post employees – with the help of their customers – raise money to support local initiatives that will make a positive impact in the lives of children. We are pleased to provide this opportunity to organizations and schools in our community.

To learn more about the grants and to apply visit http://www.canadapost.ca/community

A new fund called the The Play Exchange is now available from Changemakers, LIFT Philanthropy Partners, Government of Canada, CBC and Canadian Tire. It is for not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises, businesses, schools, and groups of people implementing a solution to positively influence people to eat well and be more active.

Finalists: Six challenge finalists will each receive mentorship and support valued at $30,000, to develop a cohesive and impactful business plan for the solution.

Early Entry Investments: The top three entries submitted before 5 p.m. EST on April 9, 2014 will each receive a $1,000-investment from LIFT Philanthropy Partners to support the implementation of their proposed solution.

Top Innovation: The top innovation will be eligible for an investment of up to $1-million from the Government of Canada for its implementation. The top innovation will be selected by a combination of public voting and a panel of judges.


The RBC Learn to Play Project is providing kids with the right start in sport to enable them to PLAY and become healthy and active for life! We know that kids need to learn fundamental movement skills to develop the confidence and competence to participate in sport and physical activity. That’s why RBC, in partnership with ParticipACTION and other experts and strategic partners, created the RBC Learn to Play Project – an initiative dedicated to teaching kids the basics of being active and encouraging them to take part in sport and recreation programs. At the heart of the RBC Learn to Play Project is the RBC Learn to Play Grant Program.

This program supports local community groups and organizations that build and deliver quality sport and recreation programming to kids. Program and Community Grants, ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, are awarded to local organizations and communities to implement programs and strategies consistent with teaching youth the basics of being active. Visit rbc.com/learntoplay

A successful Parasport system begins with increased awareness and recruitment of participants at the grassroots Parasport level; a sport cannot have a Podium full of athletes without a playground full of participants. In order to facilitate increased participation of Canadians with a disability at the ‘playground’ level, the CPC has the Para-Equipment Fund and the Recruitment Program Fund.

The granting processes are intended to support the creation of a new program, or go towards the expansion of an existing successful initiative providing a positive introductory Parasport experience. http://application.paralympic.ca/

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